24-Hours Later: A Short Story

This weekend I participated in the Writers Weekly 24-hour short story contest. You sign up, pay $5, and on the day of the contest, at noon central time, they send you a topic/prompt and a word count. Then you have 24 hours to write and submit your story.

The word count was short, just 1,100 words, and I wrote the story in about four hours yesterday afternoon. I'm waiting for my brain to wake up so I can give it one more read before I submit it today. I won't win (I never do) so when the winners are announced a month from now and I'm not one of them, I'll post my story here.

I enjoyed the exercise and I'm pleased with my story. Having the deadline (and having spent five bucks, after all) really made me focus. God knows I love a deadline. I don't know how I get anything done without one.

To sign up for the summer contest, click here. Participation is limited to 500 people and the contest always fills up, so grab a spot if you want one.

1 comment:

Robert said...

That's cool. I wasn't aware of that one--kind of like NaNoWriMo in a day--but they give you a prompt. I've never tried short stories before, so maybe this summer.